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December 6, 2012 7:48:57 PM

Hello! :hello:  I'm fairly new to the computer building scene and definitely need help choosing the components to build a computer. My budget is around $900 - $1200 with $900 being where I really would like the cost to be. I have already chose everything I THINK I need for my computer but please post what you think of my build and if I should make any changes. Here is my build so far.

[!] This is most likely my FINAL build and in the up and coming days I will order this exact build. Please post below on what you think of this build! [!]

Case:Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower $50
Link:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive:Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" $85
Link:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive:LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM $20
Link:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply $130
Link:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
NOTE: I saved $50 on this power supply! It was originally listed for $180! :pt1cable: 

RAM:CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $36
Link:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 $215
Link:http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU Fan:COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO $35
Link:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermal Paste: Arctic Silver 5 $10
Link:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $190
Link:http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GPU:ASUS GTX660 TI-DC2T-2GD5 GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $330
Link:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS:Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - OEM $100
Link:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

All of this is through Newegg.com for $1,175.89 plus $20 shipping.
NOTE: With my GPU it also includes a free copy of Assassins Creed 3! :bounce: 

Now I have a few questions.

Is the video card I have above average? And the video card I've picked out says its "Top-Selected" and I'm not too sure as to what this exactly means but I think it means factory overclocked or something along those lines but if I'm wrong let me know! Also will I be able to overclock the video card above even though its "Top-Selected"?

Is every item in this build compatible with each other and is my 660W power supply going to be enough? [!]

Also will my case be big enough to fit everything inside with room for air to flow through?

And do I really need an aftermarket CPU fan like the one I have included in my build? I most likely will not over clock from the get go but I definitely want the option of being able too. [SOLVED]

Lastly, is there anything in this build that I do not need that would lower the price or anything that I do need?

Please make suggestions on if I should change anything in the build! I will appreciate any little help that you guys provide below as this is my first time building a computer. Thank guys!

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a b B Homebuilt system
December 6, 2012 8:06:42 PM

The 560W is plenty.

The thing about the CPU fan, is that while you don't want to overclock at the start, you are probably going to want to in the future. The reason to get it now? Its super annoying to put it on after you have built it.

That power supply is way way too much money though, the XFX 550W should do just fine.
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December 6, 2012 8:18:27 PM

Deemo13 said:
The 560W is plenty.

The thing about the CPU fan, is that while you don't want to overclock at the start, you are probably going to want to in the future. The reason to get it now? Its super annoying to put it on after you have built it.

That power supply is way way too much money though, the XFX 550W should do just fine.


Yeah I thought the power supply was to much. Ill look into that. But for my motherboard, its $190. Ive seen other people with builds better then mine but with much cheaper motherboards. Should I find a cheaper motherboard or keep the one I have? Also I get a deal when I combine my CPU and my motherboard together on newegg. It saves me $25 so you might want to keep that in mind.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 6, 2012 8:28:04 PM

You can if you want. If you get the deal from the motherboard and CPU, its not a huge deal. The Extreme4 is a great motherboard at a great price.
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December 7, 2012 6:26:23 AM

Still looking for more insight on to what I was asking and if my build is ok / I should upgrade or downgrade my build.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 7, 2012 5:15:33 PM

It looks fine. I personally like the Radeon cards right now over the Nvidia ones.
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